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Welcome to our Frosty Forty-Fifth Issue of Signal - the e-mail publication for signage, design, and media news. We will bring you news from all around SA and the world, biweekly.
 Sign Africa 2009
SHOWS & HAPPENINGS

SHOW OFF PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS NEW WEBSITE 
Show Off specializes in the design and manufacture of highly innovative, permanent and semi-permanent brand retailing display solutions. The website shows off its core competencies in design, manufacture and sophisticated project management skills. 

EGYPTIAN PRINTER RECEIVES COMMENDATION AT 2009 FESPA DIGITAL PRINT AWARDS
Egyptian printer Presentation Creative and Production House received a commendation at this year’s FESPA Digital Print Awards, for its entry in the Vehicle Category.  

SIGN AFRICA 2009 ABOUNDS WITH OPPORTUNITY INTO AFRICA
Sign Africa and the Africa In-Store show is just a few months away and provides an ideal platform into Africa for the sign, design, graphics and marketing arenas. South Africa is the gateway into Africa. These internationally acclaimed events will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from the 2nd – 4th September 2009.  

AMASA JULY FORUM EXPLORES WORD-OF-MOUTH MARKETING IN SOUTH AFRICA
In these difficult times, businesses are actively looking for alternative and cost effective ways to promote their brands. Word-of-mouth Marketing is a growing worldwide trend and is fast becoming a relevant and effective way of changing and influencing consumer’s perceptions. 

PERSPEX® CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF INSPIRATION
For those who are closely involved in the plastics industry, in design, in signage, in shop fitting, in retail, in architecture, in exhibitions, in glazing, in manufacture…….in fact in a whole host of industries and markets, it will be hard to believe that this year, Perspex® celebrates its 75th birthday.  

AMASA THANKS INDUSTRY FOR GOLF DAY FUNDRAISER
The third AMASA (Advertising Media Association of South Africa) Golf Day held on the 4th June was another huge success thanks to overwhelming support from sponsors and the media and advertising industry. Funds raised will be used to aid the AMASA Learnership Programme, (ALP) which enables previously disadvantaged post-graduates to enter the exciting world of media. 

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OUT OF HOME

CITY OF CAPE TOWN PRESS RELEASE WARNS OTHER COMPANIES AS WELL
The City of Cape Town has applied to the Cape High Court for an order compelling a leading signage company, Independent Outdoor Media, to remove, at its own cost, nine billboards erected on buildings in contravention of the Municipality’s Outdoor Advertising and Signage By-Law. The City has, in addition, cited the owners of the buildings on which the billboards have been erected as respondents in the application, and requested the Court to grant the same removal order against them. 

IOM PRESS RELEASE REGARDING CITY OF CAPE TOWN COURT ACTION
Independent Outdoor Media (IOM) is disappointed that Cape Town Council have chosen to pursue another legal attempt to selectively target an Industry which provides jobs, stimulates spending, and conservatively adds close to a Billion rands in capital value to Cape Town property. 

OUTDOOR PROLIFERATION EMERGES
Outdoor-advertising media erupts in Gauteng with the emergence of outdoor hoarding clutter along the R24 highway as the country gears up for world class events.  

TLC AND WYETH CAMPAIGN AGAINST MENINGITIS
This year Wyeth has once again endorsed the power of indoor media by committing to a one year advertising contract with Primedia Unlimited subsidiary, The Letter Corporation (TLC). Signed until January 2010, Wyeth is set to feature South Africa’s Premier Meningitis vaccine Prevenar in TLC’s national network of fitting room and washroom environments. 

KFC AND PRIMEDIA OUTDOOR SORT DINNER FOR MOMS
Time-famined Moms have one less worry - dinner, thanks to KFC's Family Feast and Primedia Outdoor's strategically located variety of highly sought after outdoor media platforms located on major arterials across South Africa.  

PRIMEDIA AFRICA AND COKE ZERO, NOW THAT'S A WRAP!
Primedia Africa, a subsidiary of Primedia Out of Home, recently unveiled Zambia's largest ever building wrap at the scintillating Coke Zero launch. 

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NEW PRODUCTS

TWISTA EVENT BINS
Pop-Up Products have launched their new Twista Event Bins in two sizes 500mm x 500mm and 750mm x 750mm in diametre. It is manufactured from polyester and supplied with a bag and pegs. Ideal for advertising and storage of promotional items, product distribution and for rubbish at corporate functions, exhibitions and various events. You also get great brand exposure by customising your bin.  

SIGNAL SIGN SYSTEMS HAS LONG SEEN THE NEED TO HAVE CHOICES
With the arrival of the Leader View there are now four complementary way finding systems, a gentle curve Leader View, snap frames for the Leader Prestige, flat Leader Classic and curved Leader Director. 

SPANDEX’S IMAGEPERFECT™ RANGE OF DIGITAL AND SIGNAGE MATERIALS RECEIVE FIRE-RESISTANCE RATING CERTIFICATES.
Spandex, the pioneering one-stop supplier of complete and innovative solutions to the digital printing and sign making industries worldwide, has announced that all materials within its ImagePerfect™ Signage range and a large proportion of its extensive ImagePerfect™ Digital range of materials now have fire-resistance rating certificates, opening a whole host of application opportunities for these products.  

THE INSTANT EXPERT/TRANSLATION STATION (ONE EXPERT TO SERVE MANY CUSTOMERS) ARRIVES AT INFOCOMM 2009!
Digital signage company .advancedMethod, in cooperation w/ Tandberg, is demonstrating an interactive kiosk/video conference experience at InfoComm that will allow instant video contact w/ a subject expert or an interpreter at the touch of a button. The system offers a retailer, mass transit hub, or any other customer facing facility the ability to have an “instant expert” on hand at any time. It can be used anywhere a retailer or organisation needs more of a presence without hiring additional employees. 

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DIGITAL SIGNAGE

DIGITAL VIEW: BLURRING THE LINES BETWEEN DIGITAL DISPLAY AND DIGITAL SIGNAGE
Digital View, a digital display and digital signage hardware manufacturer, is combining its two specialist product areas in its latest OEM digital media boards. The newly released M3-310 and DN-5 products are not just digital video players, but have integrated onboard direct drive for LCD panels as well. 

MEDIATILE ANNOUNCES EMERGENCY BROADCAST ALERT SYSTEM FOR EDUCATION AND CORPORATE DIGITAL SIGNAGE NETWORKS
The MediaTile Company, a world-leading provider of cellular digital signage solutions, today announced a new emergency broadcast triggering system that will be added to MediaTile Digital Sign in a Box™ displays, and the MediaCast content delivery and management system. The new Emergency Media Trigger (EMT) is designed to integrate with existing campus emergency notification systems and control centers. Using MediaTile’s all-in-one, SaaS-based digital signage solutions, educational institutions and corporate enterprises can now easily deploy digital signage networks across their campuses while providing an efficient mechanism to deliver emergency broadcast messages. The announcement was made concurrent with Strategy Institute’s InfoComm 09 Digital Signage Technology conference in Orlando. 

CBS OUTDOOR TO ALLOW IPHONE USERS TO INTERACT WITH DIGITAL ADVERTISING SIGNS
Campaign reports (via Engadget) that CBS Outdoor, the outdoor advertising arm of CBS, is launching a new advertising platform that will allow iPhone users to interact with and manipulate digital advertising signage. The platform will be launched on LCD advertising screens such as those commonly seen in malls and other shopping centres.    

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PROJECTS

RED HOT VIRGIN MINI CABS A MASTERPIECE BY GRAFFITI
To mark the upcoming 25th birthday of Virgin Atlantic Airways, six eye-catching branded Mini Cabs recently hit the streets of Johannesburg, each emblazoned with the line: “25 Years of taking you directly to where you want to go.” 

INKJET PRINTED TABLES... FROM UPCYCLED WASTE PAPER
Watch leading UK flatbed printer Quarmby Colour turn a sheet of lightweight 16mm X-Board from Xanita into a fully branded, curved exhibition table that carries the weight of three people and remains reusable or repulpable as waste paper post exhibition! All this with inkjet printer and CNC digital knife-cutter plus blended with some outside the box creativity. 

 Golf Day
SOME MOERSE COOL STUFF!

10 Unusual and Creative USB Hubs
Nowadays, USB hubs come in all shapes and sizes. This post showcases our favorite examples of unusual and creative USB hub designs.  

Transparent Public Toilets from Switzerland
The city of Lausanne, Switzerland is the home of a modern public toilet with transparent walls. 

FUNNY SIGNS
They lurk everywhere - just waiting to catch us unsuspecting. On street corners, on the sides of buildings, on cars and even in the middle of veld - watch out, they will leave you laughing helplessly...

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